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Rory Bremner joins young voters' Question Time

Rory Bremner
Rory Bremner will be part of a panel of six for First Time Voters' Question Time

Satirist Rory Bremner and singer Jamelia are to appear on a special BBC Three version of Question Time for first time voters.

Dermot O'Leary will host the programme before a live audience made up of first time voters this Wednesday 3 March.

BBC One's Question Time recently marked 30 years on air but this is the first programme made for BBC Three.

"I'm a massive Question Time fan," said the X Factor presenter who studied politics at university.

"Politics has always interested me and I was fortunate to study politics at an incredibly interesting time with the fall of Margaret Thatcher, the Tory victory of 1992 and the subsequent birth of New Labour.

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"After recent events it seems politicians from all parties have got their work cut out for them to win over the trust of the electorate and especially first time voters.

"I really hope we can answer a lot of the questions that first time voters have and help engage the policy makers of tomorrow."

A relatively youthful panel includes Higher Education Minister David Lammy, Shadow culture secretary Jeremy Hunt and Lib Dem communities spokesman Julia Goldsworthy.

Tim Campbell, the first winner of TV show The Apprentice completes the panel who will answer a range of topical questions from first time voters in the studio audience.

Winning trust

Talking about the panel line-up, Ed Havard, Editor of Question Time and First Time Voters' Question Time, said: "BBC Three is the most-watched digital channel for 16-34 year olds for the time it's on air so it is great to have panellists with a genuine appeal and profile amongst first time voters.

"This is a unique programme and an important piece of public service broadcasting in the current context.

"We are pleased to have secured panellists who can debate some of the issues of greatest concern to first time voters."

The one-off programme is produced by Mentorn Media, makers of BBC's One's Question Time, as a separate commission and is part of a package of BBC Three shows aimed at bringing politics to 16 to 34-year-olds.

First Time Voters' Question Time will be live on BBC Three on Wednesday 3rd March 2010 at 8pm and repeated at 11.50pm. It will be available to watch afterwards on BBC iPlayer

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